I've been a Meridian owner for 11 years now and I actually think they are better than ever.
The new DSP SE range released both as a new model and an upgrade last year is a clear and definitive step up in true to the source performance. This year they will also accept DXD, 4x DSD and ofcourse MQA when run from a compatible MQA capable source like 808.6 or 818.3. For multichannel we are expecting 861v9 taking the channels further to handle immersive audio, release is not announced but we expect years end/1H 2016.
The Sooloos source ID41 is still top notch performance when run from inside the 818, 808 or 861 digital preamps which shows it was designed right from the beginning.
I run a multichannel setup with 861v8, DSP8000SE, DSP7200SEHC, DSP5200SE sides, DSP7200SE rears and listen to music in multichannel and Trifield and 7.1 BD movies. The performance is fantastic. But I also give them the same love that other OCD audiophiles do. I use AQ Diamond RJ45 cables as other people run Odin to their front speakers. I use HRS vibration control sandwiches for components (Nimbus Assembly/DPX plates). I use 2x Shunyata Triton v2/Sigma HC for power delivery on dedicated circuits. In other words, it's not your run-of-the mill dealer setup in an otherwise empty room.
Show them the same love as with a true reference setup and they will perform impressively and reward you with many years of pleasure.
The 861v8 preamp and BD streamer is using Shunyata Sigma Digital for noise suppression.
All DSP Speakers use Furutech Flux 8ga powercables to the Triton v2's/Sigma HC/Wall.
I'm considering Shunyata Sigma HC for the three front speakers to Triton v2. CGS cables (shunyata chassis ground cables) are also used for frontend components and front DSP speakers to the Triton v2's.
A pair of dsp8000's have been parked in my listening room a few weeks now. I moved a pair of usher be-20 dmd's out of the room to accommodate them and I like them. they set the bar for stereo reproduction, width, depth, height all impressive but most of all natural. I'm nick naming them the time machines since I lose hours every time I sit for a listen. mine have the speakerlink update but are before the .2 tweeter change...They make me wonder what speakers that use all this exotic material could sound like if they were all self powered?
Even though I’m talking to myself, never know who’s listening. The se upgrade doubles the processing power, allows the speakers to reach 120 dB, are full mqa compatable and come with a 5 or 6 year warranty. If, like me you have a room thats problematic in the bass, but don’t want subs for stereo a pair of these used are worth considering. I didn’t think the salon2 was musical in my room, I loved in the room they were demonstrated but at home the lack of bass made them to clinical. My big ushers were musical but too big. The beethovens just couldn’t play loud. Kanta3 was nice and smooth thru the mids and treble but again in my room there was no bass audible or measured below 80 hz. No bass meaning -20 db or more. I’ve suffered buyers remorse from nearly every pair of speakers I’ve bought because every combination of components and room acoustics changes them. Problem solved!
Haven't even seen them until just now looking them up. They look like omnipolar speakers, once they've been around awhile and deals can be had maybe i'll give them a try, but tbh the 8k's are doing everything I could have expected out of a pair of speakers and i'm in no hurry to replace them.